Asus had an impressive lineup of products at its CES press event. Apart from its two new Zenfone smartphones, the Taiwanese manufacturer also announced three new Windows Tablets that form the new Transformer Book Chi family. All three come with Bluetooth keyboard docks, making them truly capable hybrid tablets.
The new T90, T100, and T300 Transformer Book Chi tablets are powered by Intel processors. The T90 and T100 use the Intel Atom processors while the most expensive T300 model uses the latest Intel Broadwell Core M chip. The main highlight of these new Asus tablets are their incredibly thin profiles. The Asus T90 with an 8.9-display is just 7.5mm thick while the 10.1-inch T100 comes with an even thinner profile measuring just 7.2mm. The T300 is also impressively thin at 7.6mm, especially considering its 12.5-inch size. The T300 is even thinner than the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, although the Intel Core i series of processors used on the Surface Pro 3 are definitely a lot more powerful than the Core M chip used on the T300.
The T90 Chi tablet comes with an 8.9” WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display, Quad-core Intel Atom Z3775 BayTrail T chip clocked at 1.46GHz, 1 or 2GB RAM depending on the model, 32/64GB onboard storage, 5MP auto-focus rear camera, 2MP HD front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, and includes a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal plus Skype. The T100 Chi tablet comes with a 10.1” WUXGA 1920 x 1200 IPS display, other specs are identical to the T90 Chi.
The T300 is the most impressive of the three new Chi tablets and comes in two variants. The higher variant comes with Intel Core M 5Y71 1.2GHz chip, 12.5” WQHD 2560 x 1440 IPS display, 128GB storage and 8GB RAM. The lower model is powered by the Intel Core M 5Y10 800 MHz chip and features a lower resolution 1920 x 1080 display, 64GB onboard storage and 4GB RAM. Both models come with a front 2MP HD camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
The Chi T90 has been priced at $299 while the T100 will cost $399. The lower end Chi T300 with 1080p will retail for $699, with the higher model retailing for $799. All the tablets are expected to be available starting February.